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King of Germany Heinrich I "the Fowler"
31 generations from the origin. Great x 29 grandfather.

Birth: 876, Memleben;
Death: Jul 2, 936; Membleben, Saxony, Germany;
Age: 60

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  • King of Germany - Dates: 919-936
  • Duke of Saxony - Dates: 912-936


Henry I the Fowler (German: Heinrich der Finkler or Heinrich der Vogler; Latin: Henricius Auceps) (876 -- July 2, 936), was the duke of Saxony from 912 and king of the Germans from 919 until his death in 936. First of the Ottonian Dynasty of German kings and emperors, he is generally considered to be the founder and first king of the medieval German Empire, known until then as East Francia. An avid hunter, he obtained the epithet "the Fowler" because he was allegedly fixing his birding nets when messengers arrived to inform him that he was to be king.

Henry was the son of Otto the Illustrious, duke of Saxony, and his wife Hedwiga, a great-great-granddaughter of Charlemagne, and a daughter of Carloman of Bavaria. In 906 he married Hatheburg, daughter of the Saxon count Erwin, but divorced her in 909 after she had given birth to his son Thankmar. Later that year he married Matilda of Ringelheim, daughter of Dietrich, count in western Saxony (Westfalia). Matilda bore him three sons and two daughters and founded many religious institutions, including the abbey of Quedlinburg where Henry is buried, and was later canonized.

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Duke of Saxony Otto I
c. 851 - Nov 30, 912
Duchess of Saxony Hedwiga
c. 850 - Dec 24, 903
Primary or Last Marriage:
Date: 909, Place: , Status: Marriage, Note:
Queen of Germany Mathilda of Ringelheim
c 895 - Mar 14, 968
Queen of France Gerberge of Saxony
Great x 30 grandmother
914 -
Princess Hedwig of Saxony
Great x 28 grandmother
c 910 - May 10, 965
Holy Roman Emperor Otto I the Great
Great x 31 grandfather
Nov 23, 912 - May 7, 973
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